Olympic ClassLucyMauryAquitania in WNA Storms

May 1, 2004
Pacifique du Nord
Was the Olympic more stable in Winter North Atlantic storms than the Cunarders? My understanding of the Lucy/Maury was that even in calm seas they both had a 'corkscrewing' motion and that they also rolled a lot more than the WSL ships.
Dec 2, 2000
Easley South Carolina
As I understand it, the Olympics were much better seaboats then the two Cunard grayhounds. This doesn't come as much of a surprise to me either. The Lusitania and Mauratania both had finer lines to go along with the more powerful machinary that made them faster vessels. The topweight which came with having spaces in the first class areas adorned with heavy woods and wroght iron didn't help matters either.

Since White Star was disinterested in the Blue Ribband, they could afford to take a more sensible approach.

David Haisman

Hello Jonathan,

Cunard White Star, as I knew the company, had generally good sea ships in my opinion, built by Harland and Wolff and on Clydeside, perhaps the finest shipyards of their day.
One of the big ''work ups''for the helmsman is a heavy sea on the quarter which does indeed cause the vessel to corkscrew.
The ''Ascania'' was one of the best sea ships I had sailed on across the pond, taking beam on seas as though she had stabilizers. The ''Mary'' was a bit of a ''roller'', and the '' Saxonia'' a bit of a ''pounder''although the ''Lizzie'' took most of what the North Atlantic threw at her in her stride.
All ships in my experience behave differently and a typical example of this was with the identical Fyffes banana ships, ''Camito'' and ''Golfito.''
The ''Golfito'', with a passenger carrying capacity of around 120 persons, was the flagship of the fleet and steered a good course with about 3 to 4 spokes of starboard helm in good conditions.
AB's ,Quartermasters, Helmsman or whatever, find it makes life easy if they know the charcteristics of how much wheel a ship carries.
The ''Camito'' steered like a pig in all conditions and the ship could roll on wet grass!
When the ''Andes'' was fitted with stabilizers she lurched quite a bit leaving many falling on their arses in heavy weather! So much for progress in those days!
I hope this has enlightened you slightly on the way some of the ''ladies of the seas'' have been known to behave from time to time.

All the best,

David H